Always Dreaming arrives at Pimlico to begin Preakness prep

May 09, 2017 | WNST Staff


BALTIMORE – Kentucky Derby (G1) champion Always Dreaming arrived at Pimlico Race Course Tuesday morning for a quest to add the May 20 Preakness Stakes (G1) to his Triple Crown resume.

Ginny DePasquale, a longtime assistant to trainer Todd Pletcher, was on hand to supervise the arrival.

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“I just spoke to Todd and told him the horse looks very bright-eyed and very happy. He looks like his normal self that we see every day,” DePasquale said. “It’s pretty special to see him looking that well. I’m happy and I know Todd is.”

Always Dreaming arrived from Churchill Downs, where the son of Bodemeister scored a dominating 2 ¾-length victory in the Kentucky Derby last Saturday. After boarding a van at 6:30 a.m. and arriving at Louisville International Airport, Always Dreaming and stablemate and May 19 Black-Eyed Susan candidate Moana were flown to Baltimore-Washington International Airport. Upon arriving at 9:28 a.m. the van carrying the Pletcher trainees entered the Pimlico stable gate at 11 a.m.. Always Dreaming followed Moana off the van at 11:08 before walking the shedrow of the Preakness Stakes Barn for six minutes and entering Stall 40, the stall traditionally reserved for the Kentucky Derby champion.

“This year, it’s very, very exciting, because we think he’s a really special horse,” DePasquale said.

Always Dreaming, who prepped for his Derby win with a triumph in the Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park April 1, has won all four of his starts this year by a combined 23 ¼ lengths

Always Dreaming is scheduled to get acquainted with the Pimlico racing surface Wednesday morning.

“He’s just going to jog with the pony one time around tomorrow at 6:30,” said DePasquale, who will supervise the training session prior to Pletcher’s scheduled arrival in Baltimore Wednesday afternoon.

Preakness candidate Royal Mo accompanied the Pletcher trainees on the flight from Louisville. The John Shirreffs-trained colt, who was shut out of a Derby start on the basis of qualifying points, is scheduled to go to the track between 9 and 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.